X-ray Applications Scientist (The Woodlands, TX)

DEPARTMENT: Semiconductor
POSITION: X-ray Applications Scientist
REPORTS To: Semiconductor Applications Manager

Rigaku Americas Corporation is seeking an X-ray Applications Scientist to support Rigaku’s x-ray metrology products for semiconductor fabs. The position is based in The Woodlands, Texas. This position will work closely with sales, marketing, and the product development team, and requires travel for on-site applications support, training, and presentations. The candidate must be able to quickly and accurately communicate detailed specifications to customers and the Rigaku Semiconductor team to assist the sales process.


  • Support metrology tools involving X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Reflectometry (XRR), and Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS).
  • Write technical documentation, analytical reports, and presentations for customers and the Rigaku Semiconductor team.
  • Frequent travel to visit, train, and support customers in the United States; some international travel as needed.
  • Assist to ensure customer satisfaction through all stages of the sales process.
  • Work with Rigaku team members in the US and Japan.
  • Special projects as needed.


  • Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Science in Nano Science, Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Solid State, or Engineering.
  • Minimum of three years of work experience as an applications scientist; or applications engineer in a semiconductor metrology tool manufacturer; or semiconductor process engineer in a semiconductor device manufacturer with thin film quality control/metrology experience.
  • Experience in thin film analytical techniques, experience with HRXRD and/or CD-SAXS is a plus.
  • Proficient in speaking, reading, and writing in English.
  • Ability to speak at an intermediate level in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills. Must communicate professionally in verbal/written responses to emails and when submitting reports.
  • Interest/ability to work in 24/7 global market; communicate outside of normal business hours.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Strong data analysis techniques and skills, including a working knowledge of statistics.
  • Ability to travel.

Must be able to meet minimum qualifications to apply.

Rigaku offers a rewarding work environment and excellent benefits. All applicants are kept in strict confidence. Benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, Life insurance, section 125 flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan and more. Rigaku is an EEO/AA Employer Disabled/Veteran. Applicants must be able to prove they can legally work in the US.

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